A Former Campaign Manager of the 45th United States President, Sidney Powell was sued for defamation by the voting-machine company she repeatedly placed at the center of a vast and unfounded election conspiracy that she claimed switched votes to favor President-elect Joe Biden.
Dominion Voting Systems Incorporated on Friday filed a complaint seeking $1.3 billion from Powell, who filed numerous unsuccessful court cases seeking to overturn the election results.
Powell was later dropped by the Trump campaign shortly after a Nov. 19 press conference in which she claimed that agents from Iran and China infiltrated Dominion’s voting machines to help Biden, and that the software had ties to Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013.
Trump’s lead election lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, Fox News and the White House itself were among those who received letters from Dominion’s attorneys in December.
Powell didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Also named as a defendant in the suit is Defending the Republic Inc., based in Dallas. Powell has a website, defendingtherepublic.org, on which she continues to solicit donations for her work “to defend and to protect the integrity of elections in the United States.”
The Dominion CEO said false election claims by Powell and others were linked to the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by Trump supporters, who purported to believe that the election had been stolen.
The company’s lawyer Tom Clare said Powell’s claims had caused “catastrophic damage” to the company, making it “radioactive” and putting corporate contracts in jeopardy.
Dominion in December demanded a retraction from Powell as well as conservative media outlets that aired her claims. The company signaled that litigation would almost certainly be necessary to help restore its reputation after the false claims about its operations were echoed by Trump, his campaign and other allies.
Dominion’s lawsuit puts Powell in the difficult position of needing to convince a judge that her allegedly false claims are actually true, since doing so would be the best possible defense in a defamation suit.
In late December, a Dominion employee filed his own defamation suit against Powell, Giuliani and the Trump campaign. Eric Coomer, Dominion’s director of product strategy and security, accused the group of recklessly spreading dubious and unverifiable claims that he’d conspired with Antifa activists to switch votes. The lies ruined Coomer’s reputation and led to death threats that forced him into hiding, he said.
In Dominion’s suit on Friday, the company listed details from several of Powell’s tweets and TV appearances, including on Nov. 8, when she told Maria Bartiromo on Fox News that alleged Dominion “glitches” on Election Day were actually fraud.
A few days later, Powell expanded on the theme in an interview with Lou Dobbs on the Fox Business Network.